Looking for a super easy, homemade dip to bring to your next holiday party? Look no further. This delicious Blue Lump Crab Dip is the easiest! Plus, it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Want to know the secret to the BEST tasting crab dip?
High-quality crab meat. Yup, it’s that simple. Honestly, the other ingredients can be swapped out or skimped on. As long as you’re working with top-notch crab— you’re sure to have an amazing tasting dip.
What Sort of Crab Should You Use?
Selecting the Appropriate Variety of Crab Meat
The first thing you should know about crab is that there are different varieties— each with a unique taste and texture.
King crab is notoriously known for its legs. The meat is sweet and mild, similar to that of lobster. Dip king crab legs in a dish of drawn butter and prepare for sensation overload!
Stone crab is a well-known Floridian delicacy. Their claws have a rich, buttery flavor with a delicate texture. When paired with mustard sauce, stone crab claws are ridiculously delicious!
Blue crab marries the two— combining a subtle sweetness with a soft and tender texture. When it comes to crab cakes or dip, blue crab meat is where it’s at!
Selecting a High-Quality Brand
Considering the quality of the crab meat is so crucial, it’s important to understand what makes crab meat high-quality.
Ideally, you want to get your hands on blue crab caught in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay waters from trotlines. This method of fishing is a “Best Choice.” Meaning the stock is healthy, and overfishing is a low concern.
Alternatively, selecting crab meat containing the MSC label also ensures a high-quality product. Fish and seafood carrying the MSC label guarantee that the product is wild, traceable, and sustainable. Meaning the blue fish label is only applied to wild fish or seafood from fisheries that have been certified to the MSC Fisheries Standard, a science-based set of requirements for sustainable fishing.
Can You Use Imitation Crab Meat Instead of Blue Lump Crab?
My opinion: why bother?
Most store-bought crab dip contains imitation crab meat, which explains its meh flavor. Again, the secret to incredible crab dip is to use high-quality lump crab meat. Yes, blue lump crab meat is expensive (roughly $30 per pound). But the way I see it— if you’re gonna do it— do it right! Purchase the best ingredients possible and treat yourself to the real deal.
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